Campus Life

At UW-Madison

Why Madison?                            (The University of Wisconsin-Madison is on of world's best universities, with more than 400,000 almuni around the globe. Some of the reasons for our success are explained in this short trailer)

Graduate School Collaborative
(Outreach, professional development and social programs that reach the needs of UW-Madison graduate students)

Guide to Grad Student Life
(Housing, shopping, recreation, campus map, entertainment...)

Student Organizations
(Center for Leadership & Involvement listing of student organizations under categories such as academic, ethnic minority, international, service, sports, student government...)

The Wisconsin Union
(The Terrace, Memorial Union, Union South, events and activities...)



A variety of housing can be found both on campus and among the surrounding area in Madison. Apartments ranging from efficiencies to three bedrooms vary in monthly rent.

Campus Area Housing
(Campus and Visitor Relations listing of apartments, houses, efficiencies, rooms and co-ops for students and the university community, along with other housing-related information...)

City of Madison: Neighborhoods
(Neighborhood associations, plans, profiles and maps...)


Transportation & Maps

In addition to driving, riding the bus and cycling are common ways to get around the city. Madison is known for its excellent biking paths. All UW Madison students receive a free bus pass to utilize the City of Madison Metro Bus System. The Dane County Regional Airport serves the Madison area.

Greater Madison Transportation
(Highways, air, commercial service, bus, maps...)


City of Madison

UW-Madison Transportation Services


As the capital of Wisconsin, Madison has a population of approximately 200,000. The city features an abundance of natural beauty complemented by many lakes, and is a cultural mecca offering arts, music, entertainment, sports and much more. The University of Wisconsin is situated next to Lake Mendota, which offers outdoor enthusiasts limitless opportunities. On State Street, visitors will find specialty shops, restaurants, bookstores, coffee houses, and the Overture Center. The upper end of State Street boasts the capitol square, a host of free art fairs, the farmers market and Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts in the summer.



In & Around Madison

City of Madison website
(Cultural and recreational events within the Madison area)

Dane County Farmers Market
(On the square, downtown Madison on Wednesday and Saturdays)

Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau
(Visitor info, events calendar, Dave County trivia...)


Beyond Madison

Located in the South Central part of the state of Wisconsin, Dane County is home to the suburbs of Madison along with rural towns and villages. Surrounding communities offer great resources and opportunities; Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city and is only just over an hour drive from Madison. The recreation, culture, and natural beauty extend far beyond the city limits.

Dane County Parks Department
(Park and natural areas throughout Dane County)

Find a Wisconsin State Park
(WI Dept. of Natural Resources)

Travel Wisconsin
(Seasons, places to go, attractions, dining, tours, multicultural, golf...)